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    • 20 Jun 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Samurai Japan (700 Montgomery Hwy #178, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216)

    Join us for our June Kayoubikai /6月の火曜日会 on June 20! 

    Kayoubikai is an opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, practice Japanese, and stay connected with other people in our JASA community. Both JASA members and non-members are welcome!

    This meeting will be held at Samurai Japan (700 Montgomery Hwy #178, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216)Please RSVP at least one day in advance! There is no cost to attend this event but everyone will be responsible for their own ticket at the end of the meal. 

    If you have any questions, please contact us at

    We look forward to seeing you!

    • 8 Jul 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223

    Join us at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on July 8 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for Tanabata (Star Festival)!

    Experience the Japanese tradition of making wishes on Tanzaku (a piece of colored paper) and hanging them on bamboo trees! Enjoy Japanese cultural activities, Tea Ceremony demonstration by Urasenke Birmingham Association and the beautiful bonsai display by Alabama Bonsai Society!

    What is Tanabata? ー Tanabata (Star Festival) is a Japanese festival that takes place on July 7th. According to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair (Hikoboshi) and Vega (Orihime), which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year. 

Kayoubikai (火曜日会)is our monthly outing to a local Japanese restaurant. Held on one Tuesday of every month, Kayoubikai is an opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, practice Japanese, and stay connected with other JASA members. While membership is not mandatory to attend the event, we encourage registering for individual membership to support JASA and stay involved with our events!

Each year, the Japan-America Society of Alabama hosts a special reception and fundraiser to allow our members and guests from all over Alabama to gather, network, and dine with a special program to celebrate the JASA community. Our Annual Celebration Dinner and Business Forum returned in October, 2022 and we are planning our next Annual Celebration Dinner in November, 2023! View more information about the event here.  

Each year, we celebrate with food, crafts, performances, and other activities at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Japanese Garden to welcome the Spring. Join us in April 2023 for Hanami (flower viewing) in Birmingham! Cherry Blossoms, or sakura (桜、さくら), only bloom for a few weeks each year.  In Japanese culture, sakura represent mortality and remind viewers of the beauty and transience of life. Thousands of people flock to parks in Japan to see the blossoms. Come see our Birmingham cherry trees while they are in bloom!

Our next Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on April 1, 2023! We hope to see you there!

For pictures from previous years, please visit our photo gallery here. Do you have pictures you'd like to submit? Email them to!

Contact Us

Tel: +1 (205) 703-0960

2081 Columbiana Rd #10

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

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